Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter March 17, 2017
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
8 Steps After Accidental Needlestick
Needlestick Injuries among Surgeons in Training
Medical students most at risk of needle-prick infections: Study
Trainee doctors and medical students are victims to more than half of all injuries caused by pricks from infected needles in hospitals. They are not only overworked, but are also not vaccinated against the diseases infected blood can transmit. The dangers of needle-stick injuries and the risk health staff workers face were pointed out in a recent study at the Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital, a teaching hospital at Sion. Needle-stick injuries are considered occupational hazards for health workers, as they cause infections such as Hepatitis B (HbV) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). 
Man arrested after spate of syringe pricks on trams or tram stops in Kew
A MAN has been arrested after four people, including a 12-year-old boy, were allegedly jabbed during a spate of needle stick incidents on public transport in Melbourne’s inner suburbs.  The most recent incident occurred on Monday when a man, 24, was allegedly pricked on the hand in Kew while on a tram travelling on High St, around 2.40pm.
Orem police warn parents after young girl pokes self with needle found near school
Police in Orem are warning parents to be on the lookout for dirty needles after a 6-year-old accidentally poked herself with one last week. "There was a young child at Sharon Elementary who found a needle that wasn't capped," said Lieutenant B.J. Robinson.
Every morning, this Vancouver playgound is checked for used needles
Strathcona Community Centre staff do a 'safety sweep' of the grounds every day, checking for drug paraphernalia before kids arrive.
Punctur-Guard Blood Collection Needle
The Punctur-Guard Blood Collection Needle is designed to work with any standard blood collection tube holder on the market and offers a unique internal blunting technology that is integral to the needle itself. This device blunts while inside the patient's vein, eliminating exposure to the sharp upon needle exit. In a study performed by Morbidity and Mortality Weekly, the Punctur-Guard Blood Collection Needle reduced needle sticks by 76%; the highest rate of any device studied!
HIV
Not Enough HIV Patients Taking Recommended Statins
Trump 'Budget Blueprint' won't cut HIV/AIDS medical funding
Reports Outline HIV/AIDS Study Findings from Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine (HIV Screening Rates among Medicaid Enrollees…
HIV rate drops 6 percent in Georgia
This charity is eliminating mother-to-child HIV transmission in Africa
HIV Activism and The Black Church Have a Rising Leader
HEPATITIS
Free, confidential HIV & Hepatitis-C testing, syringe exchange available in North Bend
Baby boomers aren’t getting an important health test
Hepatitis C mutations 'outrun' immune systems, lab study shows
Autoimmune Hepatitis
How Hepatitis Became A Hidden Epidemic In Africa
Doctors, health officials want broad testing for hepatitis C
The Iowa Department of Public Health is calling for widespread testing for hepatitis C after a study showed cases in Iowa have almost tripled since 2000.
Veterans: Get Screened for Hepatitis C
You can live for years and not know you've got hepatitis C (HCV). Unfortunately, by the time you realize your condition — there could be an incredible amount of...
VanishPoint® Blood Collection Set
The VanishPoint® Blood Collection Set, from Retractable Technologies, Inc., features automated in-vein retraction that effectively reduces the risk of needlestick injuries and blood exposure.  The safety mechanism is activated by depressing a retraction trigger that is located near the finger-grip area.  This allows for easy one-handed activation, without changes in hand position, while reducing the risk of inadvertent activation.  The needle is retracted directly from the patient, virtually eliminating exposure to the contaminated needle.
WEST NILE
Here’s how climate change is already affecting your health, based on the state you live in
Flooding may fuel mosquito numbers
Warmer Weather and Rain Bring Mosquitoes
Teen infected with West Nile Virus organizes blood drive
Weeds, wildflowers and West Nile could flourish after DFW’s warm winter
ZIKA VIRUS
Florida may deploy bats to fight Zika
Health officials finding fewer Zika cases statewide this year
13 New West Texas Counties Found to Have the Type of Mosquitoes That Can Carry Zika
Device could test for Zika at airports
Summer is coming. So is Zika.
Donated Sperm in 3 FL Counties May Carry Zika: CDC
Florida Women Who Conceived With Donor Sperm May Be At Risk Of Zika
IN THE NEWS
BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS AND NEEDLESTICK PREVENTION
Studies show that as many as one-third of all sharps injuries occur during disposal. Nurses are particularly at risk, as they sustain the most needlestick injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 62 to 88 percent of sharps injuries can be prevented simply by using safer medical devices. The following references provide information regarding possible solutions for bloodborne pathogens and needlestick hazards.
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THE ECONOMIC ARGUMENT FOR USING SAFETY SCALPELS - RONALD L STOKER AND MARK S DAVIS,MD
Hospital risk managers, infection prevention specialists, surgeons, surgical technologists and other members of the surgical staff are acutely aware of scalpel injuries in both OR and non-OR settings. Scalpel injuries are occurring too frequently and cost too much money; however, they can be prevented. This report examines the benefits and economics of using safety scalpels, which may enable purchasing personnel to better evaluate the cost of scalpels, as they become aware that conventional scalpels cost more than just the price tag.
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BUSINESSES WORK TO REDUCE WORKPLACE HAZARDS
TWIN FALLS, Idaho The Occupational Safety and Health Administration monitors labor sectors like health care and construction to ensure that employees are working in a safe environment.  As a sick patient heading to the hospital, you want the staff at 100 percent so they can best treat you. "We actually tour and audit every inch of the hospital and off site every quarter," said Blake Bedke, Safety Specialist.
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HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH FOR A FIREFIGHTER?
I stuck the needle into his hand, immediately realized that my first choice was lousy and he was running out of time, pulled the needle out, and accidentally stuck it into me. And I didn’t care.  It barely drew blood. I wiped the fleshy part of my hand just below the thumb with an alcohol swab, got another needle, drew up some Narcan®, and finished the job. He came to, looked around, decided he didn’t want to be where he was, ripped the IV out of his arm, and fled. And I let him go. And I didn’t care.
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VACUETTE® VISIO PLUS BLOOD COLLECTION NEEDLE

The VACUETTE® VISIO PLUS Blood Collection Needle with optical venipuncture control is a great help for phlebotomy personnel. The latest innovation from Greiner Bio-One at last brings vision to blood collection. When venipuncture has been carried out successfully, blood flow is visible in the view window in the transparent plastic hub of the needle.

The VISIO PLUS also has advantages for the patient. Movement in the vein during penetration whilst searching for the vein lumen is sometimes painful for the patient: Due to the visible blood flow in the view window, this movement is avoided. The special cut of the needle tip makes penetration of the tissue a lot easier. The new VACUETTE® VISIO PLUS needle thus guarantees pain-free, stress-free venipuncture.

NEW SAFE SHARPS DISPOSAL PROGRAM OFFERED VIA WEST CENTRAL SOLID WASTE
Risks associated with unsafe disposal of sharps include needle stick injuries and potential blood-borne infections such as HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis. West Central Solid Waste District is partnering with the Putnam County Health Department to provide free needle clippers that safely clip and store up to 1,500 sharps’ needles (not for use on needles larger than 28g or lancets)... 
 
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CHECKCLIP MEDICATION LABELING
The Qlicksmart CheckCLIP is a medication labe
lling device which allows clinicians to draw up the drug with both the syringe and ampoule remaining in their hands at all times, which reduces the risk of both syringe swap and ampoule swap errors. The CheckCLIP is simple and quick to use, enabling a clear visual cross-checking of the medication details without obstructing the incremental dosage markings on the syringe. This significantly improves the tracking and identification of medications, and assists in compliance of the Five Rights of medication administration. Healthcare workers around the world have already embraced this highly-effective and cost-savings safety solution. 
 
 
HOW TO AVOID DANGEROUS EPIPEN MISTAKES
If you rely on the lifesaving drug epinephrine for severe allergic reactions, the controversy over high-priced auto-injectors probably shouldn't be your only worry. A recently released report...
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GRANDMOTHER DIED AFTER HER SURGEON PUT IN HEART VALVE UPSIDE DOWN
Sheila Hynes, 71, suffered massive internal bleeding from the error. A second operation to get her heart working failed and she died in intensive care a week later.
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QLICKSMART BLADEFLASK

 

Qlicksmart BladeFLASK is the world’s pioneering single-handed blade remover to prevent injuries from removing scalpel blades.  BladeFLASK is simple to use with a quick “push, click, and pull” action to remove and contain used scalpel blades. Used together with a hands-free passing technique, BladeFLASK can prevent up to 5 times more injuries than a safety scalpel. This easy-to-use solution provides a low cost alternative to safety scalpels for all scalpel users. Qlicksmart’s single-handed BladeFLASKs have safely removed over 70 million contaminated scalpel blades, and have prevented up to 150,000 injuries around the world. 
 
ROUTINE OPERATION KILLS “EXTREMELY ACTIVE” GRANDMOTHER AFTER DOCTOR’S BLUNDER
The U.K. National Health Service is facing a lawsuit from the devastated family of a woman who died after a botched routine operation. The NHS is the country’s socialized, government-run healthcare delivery system. In a horrific scenario, doctors reportedly inserted a replacement heart valve upside down into great grandmother Sheila Hynes, 71, who...
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HOSPITALS ARE THROWING OUT PERFECTLY USABLE MEDICAL SUPPLIES
American hospitals are tossing supplies and equipment before they expire, creating waste and driving health care costs up.
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OUR CORPORATE MEMBERS
Please click on any ISIPS member below to view their sharps safety products!
Packaging your drug in a prefillable syringe with a safety feature will provide protection for health care workers and patients against accidental needlestick injuries. The NovaGuard SA (Staked-needle Automatic) syringe system can be deployed using a single-handed technique to shield the exposed needle.

 
System Benefits
·        Mitigates glass flange breakage
·        Bulk packaging enables automated assembly
·        Designed to prevent pre-activation
·        Uses standard plunger rods
·        Tamper resistant

 
To learn more about using the NovaGuard SA syringe system for your drug product, or for information on any of West’s injectable drug packaging or delivery system technologies, click here.

 
*For investigational use only by our pharmaceutical and biotechnology development partners. West markets the NovaGuard SA technology as an integrated system. Final assembly is completed by the pharmaceutical company.
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